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Saturday's Dump & Chase: What Can We Take From the Preseason?

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For me, not much. On the positive side, Pekka looks fully recovered, and aside from last night, has played very well. That's encouraging. However, I still have no idea what to expect from the offense. Stalberg, Hornqvist, and Forsberg have all been unavailable to various degrees, and we'll need all of them to contribute to have a shot this year. And while they've been great at home, the defense has allowed 15 goals in 3 road games, not counting the 9 allowed in the weirdo split-squad opener in Florida. Which brings me to the backup goalie situation. It's not good, and we're going to need a bit more reliability there, for sure. Will Magnus Hellberg (33-34 shots saved last night, plus a perfect 10-10 in the shootout) get another shot? At this point, I certainly hope so. How about you? What are your impressions of the team based on what you've seen so far?

Jonathan Daniel

Nashville Predators News

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This seems about right, but there might be a pretty large gap between tier 1 and tier 2.

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If all these things happen, sure.

Thursday Thirteen: One More Week | III Communication

The Preds are below Dallas and Minnesota, but above Torquemada. So I guess that's something.

Around the Wide Wide World of Hockey

Ten players with something to prove this season - ESPN

Some of these guys will be fine. Some.

After another playoff flop, Marc-Andre Fleury takes slow, steady approach to saving his game and staying in Pittsburgh - Yahoo Sports

See above.

NHL 2013-14 Pacific Division team-by-team preview - SI.com

There are three solid playoff teams here. At least. Could make it tough for a fourth team in the Central to make it in.

5 ways to improve NHL hockey-The Province

I think I'm in on all of these. Particularly #1.

Who Are the Best Long-Shot Bets for NHL Awards? - Grantland

If betting were legal.

Tomas Vokoun injury: Agent denies accuracy of report - SBNation.com

Even if he didn't "almost die", it was still a serious situation. Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

Do the Blue Jackets Have a Coaching Problem?-The Hockey Writers

No. You should always keep the same coach forever and ever and ever.

In Alex Chiasson, Valeri Nichushkin Stars Betting Upside Outweighs Youthful Tendencies - Defending Big D

Might as well let 'em play through it.

Jay Rosehill will fight you - Broad Street Hockey

Thanks, but I think I'll respectfully decline.

Video: See what a one-timer from Jarome Iginla looks like | Puck Drunk Love

Looks pretty soft to me.

23 Best Fantasy Hockey Team Names of 2013-2014 - SportsPickle

My favorite is "Everyday I'm Byfuglien".

Inside The All-Plinko Episode Of "The Price Is Right"-Buzzfeed

Truly amazing. I wish I could've been there.